MAPLE PARK – Alec Goetz handed the St. Charles North boys basketball team a 62-59 victory over Kaneland on Tuesday, hitting the game-winning shot with 1.2 seconds left to play.
With a minute left in the fourth quarter, two Drew David free throws helped the Knights tie the game at 59. The North Stars held the ball and let the clock tick down to 8.5 seconds before assistant coach Rob Prentiss, who was filling in for coach Tom Poulin, called a time out to set up the last play. Poulin is in Florida with his sick father.
“We had a minute on the clock and I wanted to see if we could run it down to under 10 seconds and basically the play was to give it to our best player and live and die with him,” Prentiss said. “It was important that we take the last shot. We didn’t want them to have a chance to come back on a rebound.”
When play resumed, Tyler DeMoss inbounded the ball at half court to Goetz. The senior guard hit a shot from the free-throw line to put his team in front, 61-59, and a drew a foul. He connected on the free throw for a three-point advantage.
“My teammates were doing a really good job of hitting shots all game so coach thought if I got the ball at the top of the key they probably wouldn’t collapse on me,” Goetz said. “I had a couple of seconds left to get the last shot of the game and lucky I came through.”
“I think I made a mistake at the end not trying to get the ball out of his (Goetz) hands, but we had something else drawn up,” said Kaneland coach Brian Johnson.
“I wasn’t ready for them to hold onto the ball the whole time.”
Kaneland (13-9) couldn’t attempt a shot before the final buzzer.
The North Stars (16-7) jumped out to an early lead, holding a 18-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The Knights rallied in the second quarter and held a 30-26 lead at half time.
Kaneland lead in the second half until a Goetz 3-pointer with two minutes to play tied the game at 57. Goetz lead all scorers with 22 points.
Goetz, Jack Callaghan (19 points), Jake Ludwig (11) and Erik Miller (15) provided all of North’s scoring.
Ty Carlson led the Knights with 17 points. Drew David scored 14 while Pruett and Dylan Vaca both scored nine.